Mackenzy Bernadeau quietly playing better

IRVING, Texas -- Since moving back into the starting lineup on Nov. 3, right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau has quietly done a nice job in replacing an injured Brian Waters, whose season ended because of a partially torn left triceps.

“He had some experience playing for us as a starter last year, and then sometimes when you get out of that role and you’re a backup you can watch and you can learn,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I think he’s just getting better and better. The more he plays I think he gets more confident.”

Bernadeau started every game he played in 2012, and the first three games this season before Waters took over.

The Cowboys have had two of their better running games in the past two wins, against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. They have 251 yards rushing on 50 carries in the past two games. In Bernadeau’s first two games back the Cowboys' running numbers weren’t bad -- 125 yards -- but they just did not run it much -- 25 carries.

“I feel like I learn something every week and have learned something since I’ve been here,” Bernadeau said. “Obviously I didn’t want to be taken out, but I was. Even when I was playing the first couple of games, I was learning and trying to get better. Even when Waters was in there I was trying to get better. In my mind it was a second chance, but I had the same mindset of just trying to get better every week.”